The Best Holiday Season for Traveling in Northern Michigan

When is your favorite time of the year to go on vacation? Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing family spring break or cozy up in a cabin for a white Christmas, there are plenty of ways to enjoy holiday travel in Northern MichiganKeep reading to discover some of our favorite things to do throughout the year! 

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The Best Holiday Travel in Northern Michigan 


Marvel at the Fall Foliage 

No fall holiday travel in Northern Michigan is complete without soaking in the stunning foliage along the coast. Take a drive along the M-22 passing Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and several lighthouses on the way. 


Hit the Northern Michigan Slopes 

Want to make the most of your Christmas holiday travel in Northern Michigan? You’ll find more than a fair share of excellent ski areas to hit during wintertime in the Wolverine StateWhether you want budget slopes or high-class thrills, you’ll find the perfect ski area for your family! 

Enjoy Your Time in Traverse City 

Traverse City crams all the best things to do in Michigan into one place. Skiing, snow tubing, fat tire biking, shopping, indoor waterparks, movie theaters, dining, wine tours. You name, it and Traverse City has it. Your kids won’t want to leave! 

Spring Break 

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 

Soaking in the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan from atop the towering dunes at this incredible park. It’s only about a 45-minute drive from Traverse City, making it the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with the family on a beautiful spring afternoon. 

Take a Trip Back in Time on Mackinac Island 

Mackinac Island is one of the best destinations for holiday travel in Northern Michigan. Revel in a trip back to the early 1900s as you stroll through the town, admiring the beautiful architecture of the Grand Hotel, and hiking around the island. 

Watch the Night Sky 

The lack of light pollution above the Headlands International Dark Sky Reserve makes this the perfect place for gazing up at the night sky. The park provides programs and events to teach guests about stargazing and much more! 

Summer Break 

Tour Quirky Charlevoix 

Take a sunset boat cruise from the unique town of Charlevoix. You can also explore the odd Mushroom Houses and Castle Farms gardens in the Michigan summer weather. 

Take a Trip to Fort Mackinac 

This 18th-century fortress of Fort Mackinac is a great place to take in a sunny summer day in Michigan as you take in stunning views of Lake Huron and the Mackinac Bridge.  


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